Jane Austen Fans are going to love this tribute book! Undressing Mr. Darcy is a modern day story about how one woman finds herself face to face with a modern Mr. Darcy, and drenched in the life and times of Jane Austen.
I cannot say enough good about this book! It was a fabulous read! It’s the story of a PR specialist that is so hooked to the social media world that she forgot to experience real life, let alone love. This is when Darcy walks in her life and her world changes.
But as we often find in the best stories, not all is what it seems. And such is the case with Mr. Darcy; sometimes your prince charming is disguised in swashbucklers and pirate boots. Vanessa soon finds herself with two men vying for her attention, not to mention she begins to discover why her Aunt spent some many years trying to convince her to give Jane Austen’s writing a chance. Once Vanessa catches the Jane Austen bug she actually surprises herself and enjoys what she learns and reads. Something which ends up changing and inspiring her to change some things in her life.
Undressing Mr. Darcy is a wonderful read, one that was sent to me non-digital and was definitely an unexpected pleasure to read. When I picked up this book I was expecting a romance centered around Mr. Darcy, this book is far more than and as a delight to read.
Ellie Redford has a husband, a job and a home. According to the rest of the world, it’s baby o’clock already. Shame life doesn’t come with a recipe…
Ellie knows that starting a family with lovely husband Pete would be an amazing adventure. Pete would make a brilliant dad and she’d have an excuse to eat shed loads of Cherry Bakewell. But Ellie’s bestie would rather she was up at 3 a.m. with a bottle of Malibu, not formula. And with redundancies looming, Ellie’s boss isn’t exactly going to throw her a shower if she disappears for a year, with pay.
While Ellie juggles her feelings (and everyone else’s) as competently as a drunken clown, she finds herself signing up for a baking class, alongside the young, free and sizzling hot Joe. As they work buns and shape tarts, is there more to their friendship than a shared appreciation of Paul Hollywood?
Ellie’s soufflés may be rising, but her personal life is one big soggy mess. If she doesn’t make a decision soon, she may just lose everything that matters to her. Maybe it’s time to take off the pinny and face up to the truth: there’s more to life than cupcakes…
It seems apropos that Poppy Dolan would write about a foodie who works at a food magazine. Poppy’s name is enough to have me salivating over the thought of my favorite muffins. (So cruel; I’m off carbs. Ugh!) The food theme pops up in witty ways throughout the novel. But the food wasn’t the first thing I noticed.
My first impression of There’s More to Life than Cupcakes was “oh boy, is this long.” I thought it was the odd sense of length given by the lack of physical pages. (I still can’t quite get used to reading on my Kindle; increasing percentages just aren’t the same as feeling the pages turn.) At 295 pages, it’s certainly not the longest romantic comedy; it just felt that way. For this reader, there was simply a tediousness to the narrative—not to Ellie’s dilemma, that is totally valid. There was something in the storytelling that took away from the plight of this modern woman instead of shedding light on it. Perhaps I didn’t understand some of the Briticisms and missed the joke—that’s definitely possible. But it seems like more than a few lost punch lines. There’s simply so much going on in this book and I’m not so sure that all of it is necessary. I can’t go into detail without spoilers, so I’ll just say that Ellie has many relationships and I’m not entirely sure that they all help move the plot along or help Ellie figure out anything about herself or her dilemma. And Ellie’s dilemma is worthy of focus.
To have a baby or not to have a baby? That is the question.
As a woman in her early 30s in the year 2013, I understand this question. Ellie happens to be married in this story, but even unwed women of our age are standing at the same precipice. We all know that our eggs do expire and that expiration date is not printed on our bums. The 30s is the uncertain danger zone. Are my eggs turning to dust? It’s a valid thought. One that is scary and without a definite answer, even with extensive, expensive testing. All of Ellie’s antics in dealing with the scary, overwhelming, life-changing-regardless-of-what-you-do problem are very familiar. At my age, everyone wants to know either “So when are you getting married?” or “When are you gonna pop out some grandbabies?” Can I just figure out who I am first! I hear you, Ellie.
While I didn’t find this book quick reading, I do find it interesting. There are some gem moments here that made it worth the read (e.g. the reason for the title—stunner!). I also love the cultural references (that I got) that made me realize I am now in that 30-something group I used to think was old—it really isn’t; just yesterday I was in high school. And that’s part of the point. This book is a great reminder that, in the words of the immortal philosopher Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
3 ½ Stars
Cat Lavoie is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Zoey & The Moment of Zen
When coffee shop owner Zoey Everwood takes her obsession with ex-boyfriend Braden too far, everyone—except Zoey—is convinced a bit of fun in the sun at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort will help her get over him once and for all.
This was the cute, funny, “we’ve all done that crap” or we have “a friend who’s done the exact same thing” kind of book that I love. Zoey is in love with a guy and she just can’t seem to forget him – although their relationship has been over for a year. Despite the encouragement of her friends, she just can’t forget him. Once she sets her sights on a new man, though, it’s full throttle fun. Characters & relationships grow and evolve, and although at times I wanted to scream at Zoey and tell her “NO! STOP IT!” – I loved her. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, and Cat did a wonderful job writing. A great book with a nice story, perfect writing and character development, you definitely want to read “Zoey & The Moment of Zen.”
My second (virtual) child has turned one! Right before Christmas last year, I was giving myself a wonderful gift in publishing my second title, 14 months after the first. It was such a great feeling because after publishing Destined to Fail, the questions were constantly asked: “When’s the next book coming? Are you writing a second book? How much longer until we can read something from you again?” So. Much. Pressure. I learned a lot about publishing in general from the first book, and it was much smoother the second time around – I had formatters and my cover designer lined up well in advance, I had a marketing plan in place, and I now had readers who actually wanted to read my next book. Quite amazing. So a year has passed and I’ve been so thankful for all the reviews, tweets, emails, and comments on The Green Ticket. I’m happy to be celebrating this occasion on your blog, and the support you and so many others have given me not only with this book, but my first, my upcoming third, and Chick Lit Plus and Marching Ink in general is so incredible. Thank you!
College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.
While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself –– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has two published novels – Destined to Fail and The Green Ticket. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
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Title: The Chick Lit Cookbook
Author: Alicia de los Reyes
Received: Alicia de los Reyes
Synopsis: You’ve said it a dozen times before: If only you had the chance, you would write a chick lit novel. But between job, boyfriend, kids, school — life — you just can’t find the time.
The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day is the solution. This fun, cupcake-themed guide will take you from start to finish of your first draft. In 13 chapters, each with a short exercise that will get you writing now, you will learn how to create the perfect main character, her ideal love interest, a world for her to live in and an adventure that will draw in readers. You will outline your entire first draft — and then you will write it.
The Chick Lit Cookbook is a beginner’s guide to writing funny, snappy, sucks-you-into-the-story prose about modern women, life and love. It is full of tips and techniques, prompts and pep talks that will spark your imagination and inspire you to put pen to paper. The exercises can be done while sitting on the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office, or talking on the phone with your mother-in-law. This book will show you that you can and will write a chick lit novel.
Whether you’ve been wishing for years that you could write chick lit or are a brand-new fan of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, you owe it to yourself to pick up this guide. The Chick Lit Cookbook will prove to you that writing a novel can be fun and easy — it’s just like baking cupcakes!
Author: JoAnn Hornak
Received: JoAnn Hornak
Synopsis: Natalie is just seventeen days away from getting married when Lisa, her maid of honor and best friend of ten years, sends her a cold
e-mail announcing that she will not be able to come to the wedding. When Natalie discovers the reason behind Lisa’s sudden baffling behavior, their friendship quickly unravels. Natalie cannot believe how selfish Lisa is being, while Lisa thinks Natalie’s standards for friendship are too high. Natalie and Lisa are soon faced with major upheavals in their lives. In the process of working through their problems without the support of one another, Natalie and Lisa are forced to face their deepest fears and failings. Each woman sets off on a journey of self-discovery as they examine what went wrong in their friendship and whether it is possible to be “too honest” with a good friend.
Author: Tara Ellison
Received: Tara Ellison
Synopsis: Nothing announces the failure of one’s life quite as loudly as having to move back in with your mother at the ripe old age of thirty-five. Unfortunately for Scarlett Spencer, her marriage has recently imploded and she’s headed to Beverly Hills—toddler in tow—to move in with her oversexed mother, CeCe. But maneuvering life back at home isn’t the only challenge . . .
After being a stay-at-home mom, Scarlett wades back into the Hollywood employment pool with hilarious results. Even more terrifying is the prospect of reentering the dating world. She soon learns that balancing motherhood with the unique demands of Hollywood men creates a new twist on the dating dilemma. Tired of dating jerk after jerk, Scarlett goes on a self-imposed “man-diet,” which isn’t easy when her mother is perpetually on a manhunt. But in the quiet of this new man-free existence, Scarlett discovers what is really important in her life.
Synchronized Breathing is a cheeky, light-hearted story about moving on and realizing that mother doesn’t always know best.
Author: Norma L Jarrett
Received: Norma L Jarrett
Synopsis: Jake Jiles was always handy with tools. Despite his love for all things do-it-yourself, he went to college and majored in business to fulfill his parents’ dream. He finally got the courage to leave his corporate job and start his “Honey-Do-4-Hire” business. Less than a year in, he’s already exhausted his savings and still living at home with his mother, but he’s determined to birth his franchise. Consumed with his business and fresh off a breakup, he wasn’t in the market for Mrs. Right. But after completing a job on Valentine’s Day, his potential dream girl, Sky showed up. After a brief chat over her car dilemma, he ignored the chemistry and left without her number. But cupid and God had other plans. After a divine connection, the only thing that stood between Jake and Sky, were funds. Will Jake pursue “Love on a Budget” or miss out because the price is too high?
Lindy will be on tour in February with her chick lit novel Storm in a B Cup. I am looking for book bloggers to post reviews, interviews, and excerpts for this tour. Guest posts will be available on a limited basis. eBooks will be available if you would like to review the book. Please use the form below to join the tour. Thank you!
Sophie Molloy has Breast Cancer. She didn’t think it was cancer to begin with, she thought it was another cyst. She also didn’t think it would be the catalyst for a series of life changing events, none of which involved chemotherapy.
Within months of her diagnosis, Sophie loses not only her right breast but her boyfriend of three years, her house and her so-called best friend. Her life goes from great to bad, then ugly, and nothing can make it better, not even the crazy care packages her mother keeps sending from Melbourne.
To make matters worse, Sophie fears she’s developing a crush on the plastic surgeon that will be reconstructing her breast. Dr. Hanson has the bedside manner of an angel and the looks to match. He’s so caring and compassionate, Sophie begins to believe he cares about her in a most non-doctor-patient kind of way. But he doesn’t, of course. He’s merely her doctor. Or does he?
**10% of proceeds during the first two months of publication will go towards breast cancer research!**
Penny Perkins, journalist, upstanding citizen, dutiful bridesmaid, just killed her date. Smashed him on the head with a bottle of Misty Mangoberry Merlot. She is tipsy and panicked. She is wearing a heinous pink bridesmaid dress that makes her irrational. Penny knows she should call the cops and explain her date’s grabby hands, his crazy eyes. She should cry self-defense. She should do a lot of things she doesn’t do. Things are about to get real complicated for Penny, as her dead date’s life unravels into a mystery the deeper she investigates. Death just happens to be her job. She’s the newspaper’s obituary writer.
I have been looking forward to this book like crazy, and what it a delight it was to get it read! Obitchuary is a fab chick lit read – but with a mystery twist, which I love! I have to say, the prologue was awesome. It had me questioning Penny right off the bat and wondering why and how she killed her date. Would I like Penny? I wouldn’t like a murderer…would I? But of course, being chick lit I’m going to love the MC, and everything is explained shortly into the book. This novel was super funny, lots of catchy conversations, well-written characters, and a happy ending. I highly recommend and hope to read more soon from Stephanie Hayes!
When twenty-eight year old Haley Simpson, a sales associate for her best friend’s clothing boutique in Columbus, Ohio, begins a secret affair with the boutique’s potential New York City business partner, she digs a cavernous hole of deception that not only threatens to end her blossoming career, but to destroy a life-long friendship.
Jennifer Vessells’s debut novel, LIFE IN PLAN B, encompasses everything classic chick lit should: the dynamics of friendship, the nuances of high-reaching career aspirations, and the struggles – both usual and unique – presented by romantic and familial relationships. An entertaining story at every turn, LIFE IN PLAN B is identifiable for readers of any age. In short, Ms. Vessells hits her debut novel out of the park!
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Kate Everett is about to begin her “second act.” She’s been a widow for eight years and thinks it might be time to start looking for someone to share her life with again. She quits her high-pressure job for something that will allow her more leisure time. She gets rid of the huge family home and moves into a fabulous condo that’s smaller and easier to manage. She’s pretty much got the rest of her life figured out. All she has to do is sit back, relax, and let the pieces fall into place.
But her real life never gets the memo. First, her son moves back in with her—along with his girlfriend. Her dream job falls through, leaving her unemployed. Her mother, whom she hadn’t spoken to in years, can no longer live alone and has to move into her basement. And her only daughter is planning the smallest and simplest wedding in the history of all weddings, much to Kate’s dismay.
Kate thinks that she and Jake, her former college love who has reemerged on an online dating site, of all places, can build something real, and that maybe her happy ending is in front of her at last. But the arrival of Edward, her daughter’s future father-in-law, presents Kate with an unexpected choice.
It looks like real happiness may require a slight change of plan.
I know people say that if you don’t think you can relate to a main character, you might want to a pass on a book. This I don’t agree with. Some of my favorite books have featured mothers and women either much older or younger than me, and I’ve had a fine time reading their stories. A Slight Change of Plan falls into that category. Kate is fifty-five and a widow, with three grown children. I’m twenty-six, recently married, zero kids (unless you count my new puppy). But her story captivated me from the beginning and I eagerly read this book quite quickly. There are plenty of interesting sub-plots – from Kate dealing with her mother, her daughter getting married, her son having a baby – that each chapter felt action-packed, even when the main storyline wasn’t being discussed. A very well-written story, and I would recommend!
Dangled Carat is a fun love story about a woman that was looking for commitment from her commitment phobia boyfriend. After 6 years of dating she felt that she had put up with his phobia long enough and it was time for him to marry her or let her move on. All of their friends and family not only supported her theory, but made it their personal goal to help him understand it was time.
It was a fun story about a truly unique couple who merged their lives together at a different pace than most normal people, but did it well.
The story line was great, it was a different read then most love stories, which made it fun. However there were some awkwardly written moments that I felt could have flowed better. Setting aside that, the story was a fun read with a happy ending and was all in all a sweet love story.